solovei: (Misc - Owl)
I really should stop writing in this thing once a week at most. Sorry about that, guys.

Before I forget, and because my post-it notes are buried somewhere in the mess that is My Desk at the moment, here's my to-do list for the upcoming week:
attempts at productivity )

Okay, let's hope that will actually get done. Who knows, [personal profile] yuuago  posts his to-do lists on here all the time, maybe it will work for me too? :P

So, I ended up seeing a couple movies in the last few days. Saw Zootopia with some friends on Friday (I'm not a furry, but...). It was cute! I am pretty sure the chubby cheetah cop is totally me, if I had an animal equivalent. Ambiguously gay and a huge sweet tooth and an unabashed fanboy - yes yes so very much yes.

I also watched Kingsman: The Secret Service on Netflix and, well... I've had a bunch of people tell me how great it is, and I know it has an active fandom on AO3, but. I wasn't really that impressed. If anything it just made me watch to watch Misfits again. It's not that it was bad, it's just seemed very unfocused, like it wasn't sure if it was trying to be a Serious Spy Movie or a ridiculous action-fest.

P.S. my friend somehow managed to get me into TsumTsum plushies >.> This is baaaad. Very very bad. I don't even have one yet and I'm already planning sneaky ways to go to the disney store here so I can avoid horrendous shipping charges.

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Feb. 29th, 2016 11:36 pm
solovei: (Mad Max - Whee!)

So. 

I really liked Carry On.
Like, a lot. Enough to go and order my own copy before I'd even finished reading it. (And that totally doesn't have anything to do with the fact that Chapters had a promotion for 10x points going on this past weekend, noooo.)

(Mostly I just thought that I haven't bought books in a while, so why not?)

Let me first summarize the premise. In 2013 Rainbow Rowell wrote a book called Fangirl, which is about a fanfic author named Cath. Her fandom of choice is this Harry Potter-esque children's fantasy series about a guy called Simon Snow. Carry On is the defictionalized version of Cath's fanfic, and I know that sounds confusing, but I promise you don't need to know any of that to enjoy it. Just enjoy it for what it is: A magical, queer love story with ghosts and a mystery and some really funny things. 

It's kind of ridiculous and utterly believable at the same time. I would call it a parody only it's not really meant in jest, it just uses very familiar tropes to tell a very different story. And that's okay. It kind of reminded me of the music video for Genghis Khan, taking cliches everyone knows (Chosen One, Secret Agent, Supervillain, Nemesis) to tell a story that's different, that doesn't end how you'd expect, that feels like it's for me.

Some other stuff:

★ There's a new class of wranglers joining up this month and the chairs have decided to pilot this mentoring program where a bunch of experienced wranglers (me included) help them out with questions and generally make them feel welcome. There's a special separate channel on Slack and everything. I think it's a super cute idea and I really wish this was around when I started! 

★ Gotham had it's winter premiere today (also, since when is that a thing that shows are split in half over fall and winter, like school terms? I had to wait like three months, come on). Pretty solid episode, they did some interesting setup for what I'm guessing will be the theme for the rest of the season. Hope Penguin will be okay! 

★ Looks like my friend already got the package I sent him on Thursday! Definitely didn't think it would take such a short time. 


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Feb. 22nd, 2016 02:12 pm
solovei: (OPM - ok.)
First, a strongly worded letter:

cut )

Now that that's out of the way, some of you may remember that I once wrote a sort of jokey Coffeeshop AU for Stand Still Stay Silent. Because I'm awful at finishing things and even more awful at writing anything that isn't a oneshot, I haven't actually worked in it in months - but now that there's another one on the scene I've felt compelled to finish. Spite is a great motivator, as they say. So, stay tuned sometime this week for Chapter 3, in which Emil is a failboat and Lalli is more okay with it than you'd think. 


solovei: (haikyuu - inward squeeing)
Ugh.

This time I swear I have a reason for not updating. Ended up working basically the entire long weekend. Valentine's Day was hell. We do not talk about that day. You know when you're so tired you can't even force yourself to get into bed, or sleep, or anything? So you just sit there and stare into space hoping that eventually you'll fall over and die? That was Saturday. And then Sunday. And then I got called in on Monday too. Yay. 

Actually the whole week was pretty shitty except for Friday; dinner and Deadpool with a friend, fun times were had by all. Really needed that in retrospect given how the rest of the week was panning out. I don't know if that movie was genuinely funny or if I'm just really far gone into whatever undiagnosed thing is wrong with me, but I can honestly say I have not laughed that hard in about six months. Also the stinger was fantastic in every way possible. 

Decided to take it easy today partly due to this dumb migraine (thanks, weather!). Watched some stuff on Netflix and made tortilla chips. Almost done the first series of Misfits. To sum up: five delinquent kids doing community service get caught in an electric storm and develop personality-based powers. It's pretty good so far, kind of like if Skins got a Superpowers AU. Then again I didn't get that far into Skins (about halfway through series 2 and I don't know if I'll keep watching because I got too emotionally invested in the first generation and can't bear the thought of NEW PEOPLE) either so maybe I'm totally off, but so far that's how it feels. 

Oh, also there's a new trailer for Daredevil season 2 (well, half a trailer) and I am beside myself with excitement. I hope Foggy will be okay. Please just let Foggy be okay ;~; I don't care about the rest of Manhattan, PROTECT FOGGY NELSON.

 

solovei: (Misc- wallow)
I can honestly say I spent the whole weekend playing Pokemon and puttering around the kitchen. That's it. Nothing else got done. 

Well, sort of. The Chocolate Box fic is finally taking shape, after [personal profile] yuuago helpfully suggested turning it into a drabble collection instead of whatever rambly unfocused mess it was before. He always has the best advice!

I ended up rewatching Avatar on Saturday night.Remember when that was a thing? Seven years ago everyone was freaking out about how much money it made, how amazing it was, and now... what? Can anyone even quote a single line from that movie? I definitely can't. For all the money it made, it's amazing how little of an impact it had on pop culture.
solovei: (haikyuu - tiny asahi)
I thought I should maybe make a post just so it doesn't seem like I stopped updating after that very sad last post, so here we go, some general updates.

Tuesday was the premiere of Agent Carter season 2! I loved the first season and despite it's short run I thought it did a good job. So, this one was pretty great also, lots of funny and cute stuff between Peggy and Jarvis, but also a great set-up for the rest of the season. I don't know how I feel about them moving the show to Los Angeles, (because isn't everything already in Los Angeles? *groan*), and it seems like they scaled back the really nice jazzy soundtrack that the previous season had, sadly (Caro Emerald!). But all that aside, it was a great couple of episodes and I will definitely keep watching.

In other TV news, I forced myself to watch DC's Legends of Tomorrow yesterday and it was soooo bad. Wow. I won't go into detail because I've already complained about it to two different people, and you all can google it  if you want, but... geez, I've never been that bored by the first episode of a show.

Decided to actually force myself to be social on Wednesday. Went out to dinner with a friend and we watched one of the Fullmetal Alchemist movies after. The ramen place wasn't too bad, but it doesn't really measure up to my favorite place in Vancouver. Like, it approaches it, but maybe only about halfway there. Not bad, just not... amazing. Still, I had a nice time. 

Baked milk buns last night, or attempted to anyway. Apparently there's a trick with measuring the milk AFTER you heat it up, because otherwise too much of it evaporates? In any case, they came out pretty good after, though definitely best eaten when fresh. And it only makes 8 buns, so for the amount of time you spend proofing it I would honestly double the recipe to make it worth the while

Oh, currently I'm trying to get back into Pigg Life, which is... I guess like Japanese Farmville? Only, you know, much cuter. I used to be very very into this game after my friend Brittany introduced me to it, like... obsessively into it. (I stayed up till 3 am once to finish a quest to get a duck pond for my farm) At some point I guess I got too frustrated or too busy or something. But, coming back to it now, I don't know why I left? My house is really cute and I have a lot of nice dresses for my avatar... I'll see if I can keep it up again.
solovei: (Misc - Owl)
☀ So, because it was SO HYPED and I was curious, I marathoned all 10 hours of "Making a Murderer" on Netflix (because that's what it's for, right?) I don't normally watch true crime stuff unless there's some redeeming factor in it like an actor I like, so I'm really not sure what motivated me in this case, but oh well. It was interesting, but eventually you just kind of lose all hope you had in the justice system and just, ANY SYSTEM really. I would recommend checking it out if you like watching court proceedings and can resist the urge to yell at people in movies when everything seems obvious but they just don't see it.

☀ Stopped by the library and picked up The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis. I happened to see it on one of those "Best Graphic Novels of the Year" lists in... well, some time ago and kind of forgot about it. It's... I don't know how to explain it, really. I mean, this is the blurb on the back:

"The weather clock said knife o'clock. So I chained dad up in the shed"

If nothing else it will be an interesting read. Will update soon.

☀ P.S. I totally stole this idea of using unicode emoticons as bullet points from
[personal profile] yuuago. Sorrynotsorry :P


 


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